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What is Real Estate Steering?

What is Real Estate Steering? Have you ever asked a real estate agent a question and not received a direct and simple response? Have you ever wondered what would have caused them to answer the question without really answering it?

Asking a question like "what are the best schools in the city?" or "is this neighborhood actually safe?" might seem like simple and harmless questions, but in terms of asking a real estate agent, there are some items considered as steering.

What is steering in the real estate world?

Real estate steering is used to describe when a real estate agent is considered to be influencing a client's decisions based upon characteristics that have been outlined in the fair housing act. This can include items such as race, religion, disability, familial...

Fun Labor Day Weekend Activities in the Omaha Area for 2022

Fun Labor Day Weekend Activities in the Omaha Area for 2022Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and if you live in the Omaha area and are looking for some fun ways to spend your long weekend before getting back to the hustle and bustle of everyday life there are many great activities to enjoy.

Here's a list of fun Labor Day Weekend events in 2022 happening in the Omaha area

La Festa Italiana

This is an annual Italian festival in Omaha and is very popular and many people in the area look forward to it. Enjoy authentic Italian food and awesome live entertainment as well as opportunities to purchase local goods. The festival is at II Palazzo...

There's Still Time to Catch a Free Summer Concert in Omaha

There's Still Time to Catch a Free Summer Concert in OmahaThough we are heading into the last half of summer there is still plenty of time to enjoy the long sunny days. And there are plenty of fun free activities still going on in Omaha throughout the month of August. One of the best free activities is enjoying the summer concert series around the city.

Here are some free summer concerts coming up in August to enjoy

Playing with Fire at Midtown Crossing

You can catch this concert on August 12 and 13th at Turner Park 3110 Farnam St. in Omaha. The park opens at 4 PM for seating and the music will start at 5:30 PM.


Ways To Make Moving While Expecting Easier On Moms-To-Be

Moving while pregnant can be tricky but with these great tips from an infographic by Flatwater Realty, it can be easy.

A few tips would be to pack a distinguishable box — maybe see-through or brightly colored — with the pregnancy items you’ll need to have accessible. Knowing these items and other essentials are in arms-reach can help to ease worry when boxes are in transit. Lastly, be sure to keep nutritious snacks available on the big day. Hunger could make the experience seem more awful than it really is for you and those offering a hand.For further tips and a handy timeline on moving while pregnant, please see the accompanying resource.

Graphic created by New City Moving.

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2022 Real Estate Terms Helpful for Buyers to Know

2022 Real Estate Terms Buyers SHould KnowThere is so much that is different about the current real estate market than it was a few years ago and even just a few months ago. If this is your first time purchasing a home, or if it has been a long time since your last purchase you may be surprised at how to navigate the real estate market in 2022. 

When it comes to any real estate purchase at any time, no matter your budget, knowledge of the current market conditions and specific local conditions is power. 

Here are some of the latest Market Terms Every Buyer Should Be Familiar with in 2022

Best and Final Offer

Sometimes the selling party is hoping to avoid a bidding war (as this...

Get Out and Meet New People in Omaha: Take a Dance Class

Get out and Meet new People in Omaha: Take a Dance ClassIt is always fun to learn about new ways to enjoy your community and meet new people with similar interests living right beside you. A great way to get to know your neighbors in Omaha is by taking a community class. 

The Jitterbugs Dance Club offers classes for dancers and those hoping to become dancers of all ages throughout the week. 

What is the Jitterbugs Dance Club? 

Jitterbugs is a non-profit organization that has been serving Omaha residents since 2000. They provide affordable swing dance instruction and social dance events to help community members learn a new skill, have some fun, gain some confidence, improve their health, and make connections with other community...

Benefits of Living in a Large Home

Bigger is not always better... until it is. If you're considering buying a home but are torn on the size, bigger may be better for several reasons. Of course, this is not just because we are a real estate company and we want  you to buy the biggest and best - on the contrary - sometimes smaller is perfect. But not always. Here are all the benefits of buying a larger home than you might have actually originally wanted. 4 Benefits of Living in a Large Home


You have room for many guests. Whether you are welcoming family members, friends, missionaries on furlough, foster children, or others, the extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and living space in larger homes provide you with the room you need to comfortably accommodate guests in your home.

Best Way To Clean A Large Home Consistently

Keeping up with the daily housekeeping can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to take up all your time.  Keeping a clean home is less about the time involved, and more about creating some good habits that you start to just follow instinctively. Before you dust, wipe and scrub, one of the first things you should do is, pick up, and put away everything has gathered on the floor. Once you've got your cleaning schedule down and decluttering out of the way, it's time to start cleaning.Best Way To Clean A Large Home Consistently

Work Smart, Not Hard

One of the tools that help her work smarter is a cordless electric spin scrubber with an extendable arm. With the extendable arm, you don't have to bend over to clean large tubs or showers. Cleaning grout lines...

7 Benefits of Buying a New Construction Home

Omaha is seeing abundant development as an increasing number of people realize what an ideal place it is to live, with beautiful parks, a thriving job market, and family friendly amenities. One of the benefits of buying a home in a growing city is the opportunity to buy a new construction home.7 Benefits of Buying a New Construction Home

If you are unsure of whether a new construction home is the right fit for you, we have highlighted a few of the benefits below to help you make your decision. As always, contact us with any questions; we would love to help you navigate the search for your new home.

1. A Fresh Start

Buying a new construction home has the obvious benefit of offering you a fresh, brand...

Are You Better Suited for a Starter Home or a Forever Home?

Are You Better Suited for a Starter Home or a Forever Home

You feel ready to become a homeowner, but maybe you feel uncertain about the type of residential property that suits you, your family, and your desires most favorably. Should you move into what could be the first of several homes, or would it be better to look for your first and last residential property? Flatwater Realty explains how to choose between a forever home and a starter residence.

Starter Home Pros and Cons

AZ Big Media notes that you make compromises on a starter property or a fixer-upper,...